Week 2 – Yellow Jacket Stings, Birthday Party, and a Treasure Map
️ Week 2 – July 5th- July 12th
Major lesson learned in week 2; it’s much harder than week one.
In the second week we kind of started twirling our fingers thinking about what we could do because we did a major week 1
Vacation is also hard on the kids (
boo hoo, right?). The schedules Gregg and I had so rigorously set into place in Phoenix went out the window as we crawled out way into week two. Both kids are staying up wayyyyyy past their bedtimes , going 150% during the day and just absolutely crashing at night. Plus side? They sleep in ; when you have 6am
risers on a normal day and all the sudden that changes to 8:30am
, you celebrate
It’s so unusual that he will fall asleep with Dad that it is worth displaying.
Despite the occasional bad behavior from the children and week 1 overload we did find some super awesome, interesting and beautiful things to do and we’ve broken them down below 🏼
Let us start out with the most traumatic event of the week , and probably of Nolan’s little life — the yellow jacket stings…
We were playing cornhole in the driveway and Nolan stepped on a hive (on the ground) and “the bad bees” stung his lip, arm (twice) and we suspect his stomach. It was absolutely the worst sound a mother could hear — the “I’m in serious pain” cry. His poor lip was swollen and as I carried him inside he looked at me dead in the eyes and said “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?”
Kill all the yellow jackets Nolan, that’s what I’m going to do. (It’s actually what my dad ended up doing
A dose of Benadryl , jelly bean ice cream and a show or two of Netflix later all was right in the world. (Except for his lip.)
One aspect of dining out that has proven to be difficult is dining out… with children. Nolan is 4 and gets bored easily and Griffin is 8 months and soooo squirmy. Here are some tips we have to make your dinner out of the house more manageable:
5. Pack pre- dinner snacks : you never know how long the wait is going to be for food and nothing, I repeat nothing, is worse than a hungry group of children. They have literally no filter or sense of social grace, especially in public
4. Entertainment is key, but keep the electronics at home : No, this isn’t a post to shame you because you let your kid play with an iPad or your phone. In our experience electronics at the table means food is ignored and when you try and coax the child with the food the iPad always wins and then the tantrum ensues. We suggest coloring books, workbooks, play dough and when all else fails do the caterpillar thing with the paper from the straw… Over and over again. Kids love that
3. Keep it early — we’re talking 5:15-5:30
, share your meal with the senior citizen crowd early. The food comes faster, the service is better and you might be able to make some happy hour specials
2. Don’t get too fancy — make the trip easier on yourself and your kids… Don’t go somewhere where there aren’t at least two other families with young children. You can give each other the silent nod of approval across the restaurant when Little Johnny has had enough waiting for his overpriced Kraft Mac and Cheese
1. Order food for the kids FIRST! If your food comes later and the children have turned you can always box your meal up and run out before it the mood reaches nuclear. Plus wine at home is always way cheaper!
Birthday celebrations were in order for my sister’s big 3️⃣0️⃣ on the 11th. Look at these beautiful pictures Gregg and my mom took at the Lodge. I mean, the view is
Last but NOT least we had a Four Explore excursion just outside the ranch to Skylight Cave and so far it was the coolest thing we have done. Located at 4,300 feet in the Deschutes National Forest, Skylight Cave was formed as a result of lava tube that fissured as it was exposed to the outside when it was actively flowing. The cave is only accessible by a ladder that plummets down into 40 degrees of darkness but man, it’s cool. There are skylights (obviously) that shine in three different places inside the cave illuminating a path.
It’s hard to get to and completely in the middle of nowhere. We stopped at the fire station and the EMT drew us a map that was 10x better than Google Maps. It’s a climb up some narrow dirt roads, so if you find yourself in Sisters take a big car. Also don’t get lost, but if you do it’s absolutely GORGEOUS anyway.
That about sums up week 2! In less than two weeks we will be exploring Portland then off to Germany! As always, please leave us comments and ask any questions !!! Thanks for reading! Check out week 1 in Sisters here